Gideon Sa'ar

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Gideon Sa'ar
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Date of birth (1966-12-09) 9 December 1966 (age 47)
Place of birth Tel Aviv, Israel
Knessets 16, 17, 18, 19
Party represented in Knesset
2003– Likud
Ministerial roles
2009–2013 Minister of Education
2013– Minister of Internal Affairs

Gideon Sa'ar (Hebrew: גִּדְעוֹן סַעַר; born 9 December 1966) is an Israeli politician who currently serves as a member of the Knesset for Likud, and as the country's Minister of the Interior, after having served as Education Minister.

Biography[edit]

Gideon Moses Zarechansky (later Sa'ar) was born in Tel Aviv. His mother, Bruriah, is of Bukharan descent[citation needed], while his father, Shmuel, immigrated to Israel from Argentina in the mid-1960s, settled in Sde Boker and became the personal physician of David Ben-Gurion. Sa'ar has two siblings, a brother and a sister.[1] After serving in the Israel Defense Force, Sa'ar studied political science at Tel Aviv University and then went on to study law at the same institution. He worked as an aide to the Attorney General between 1995 and 1997, and then as an aide to the State Attorney until 1998.

In May 2013, Sa'ar married Israeli news anchor Geula Even. He has two children from his first wife.[2]

Political career[edit]

He worked as a secretary to the cabinet in 1999 and again from 2001–2 after Likud's Ariel Sharon won a special election for Prime Minister. In the 2003 elections he won a seat in the Knesset on Likud's list, and was appointed Likud Parliamentary Group Chairman. He was opposed to Israel's unilateral disengagement plan, and attempted to pass a bill demanding a referendum on the subject.[3]

After retaining his seat in the 2006 elections he was reappointed Group Chairman and also became a deputy Knesset speaker.

Whilst in the Knesset, Sa'ar has proposed bills to jail employers who fire pregnant women,[4] (he chairs the Knesset Committee on the Status of Women) and to ban cosmetics testing on animals.[5]

In December 2008 Sa'ar won the Likud primaries for its list going into the 2009 elections, giving him second place on the Likud list after leader Binyamin Netanyahu.[6] He retained his seat, and was appointed Minister of Education on 31 March.[7]

In 2012, he again gained the most votes in Likud primaries, and entered the 19th Knesset.

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